West Indies delay squad announcement for Pakistan tour


West Indies cricket team is arriving in Karachi on Saturday for a T-20 series with Pakistan. Young bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi also looked impressive in the nets.

The West Indies will take on Pakistan in a three-match Twenty20 series next month, but the men from the Caribbean will be missing a number of their top players.

Najam Sethi said the T-20 series include three matches that will be played from Sunday to Tuesday at National Stadium Karachi.

Sethi explained that several of West Indies' high profile players are not part of their country's global T20 side and so their absence from the Pakistan tour should not be considered a refusal to visit on their part.

"This series, therefore, provide opportunities for new players to state their claim for a regular place in the team, plus gain vital experience in different conditions", the West Indies chief selector Courtney Brown was quoted saying at the announcement of the squad.

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"This Tour is a further major step for our friends at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to bring their cricket back home, and we are pleased that our players and support staff have recognised this and supported this venture". "It will be a hard series", Sarfaraz told media persons at the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi, where two teams are to play three back-to-back games from April 1-3.

Grave added: "Independent security advisors, Eastern Star International (ESI) have confirmed to both CWI and WIPA that they are satisfied that the risk is manageable and can be mitigated to an acceptable level".

Andre McCarthy and Odean Smith, who are part of Windies A have been selected in the squad for the first time while Keemo Paul, who made his ODI debut in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers will make his debut in the T20Is.

The visitors' side with be led by Jason Mohammed, and will feature batsmen Marlon Samuels and Andre Fletcher, who contributed to the success of Peshawar Zalmi with hard-hitting knocks in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018.

Pakistan are the most experienced side in T20 global cricket having played 123 matches till date and are now the top-ranked side in the world in the format.